ORMSKIRK Schools under 13 girls cricket team took a break from their summer holidays to compete in the Chance to Shine National Finals.
The match was played at Wormsley Cricket Ground after the England ladies had been held to a draw by Australia on the final day of their test match.
Ormskirk faced South Dartmoor College from Devon in the first ever Chance to Shine girls final. Two million children are playing cricket thanks to the Chance to Shine schools' cricket campaign. Ormskirk School have benefited by having regular coaching from West Lancashire Cricket Development Coordinator, James Cutt.
Laura Goff, PE teacher, said: “James has been a massive driving force in developing girls cricket in West Lancashire, all his work in Primary Schools means the girls come to secondary school with a real enthusiasm for the sport, and he continues to develop the girls’ skills through regular coaching sessions and curriculum support.”
The girls reached the final after winning the county, regional and semi-finals, their opposition South Dartmoor College had also faced a similar journey and both teams were determined to be crowned champions.
Lucy Staunton-Turner said: “The girls were very excited about competing in the outdoor cricket competition after winning the indoor nationals the pressure was on! It was great to meet the rest of the England team and it was a privilege to watch them in action. It wasn't the best weather conditions that we were hoping for but it never stopped play as we won the first game comfortably with three overs to spare.
We knew the opposition would come out with a plan B and the game would become more competitive, unfortunately we lost by three runs.
Now the competition was hotting up! In the third and final game Ormskirk won the toss and opted to bat and scored 58 runs, in the last over our opponents needed eight runs but only managed five runs. Ormskirk Girls U13s are now crowned indoor and outdoor national champions!
All the girls are extremely grateful to Miss Goff.
The team: Erin Staunton-Turner (captain), Lucy Staunton-Turner, Amelia Size, Ella Brighouse, Chloe Greenwood, Emma Gill, Danni Bird, Elise Rimmer, Fynn Kennedy, Erin Kenny.